Bull Creek Golf Course recovering from heavy rain, washed away bridge

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

After losing thousands of dollars in revenue over Memorial Day due to bad weather, the Bull Creek Golf course in Midland, Georgia is fighting another battle.

Now, operating 17 out of 36 holes in the course, managers say the heavy rain left severe damage.

"In 1990, we had higher water levels, but we didn't have nearly the amount of damage. In 1990, it was over a 24-hour period, this was like in a 6-hour period," said superintendent of Bull Creek Golf course, Steve Brown.

Brown says parts of the course was underwater for days, damaging fairways and leaving behind thick areas of mud.

He says the biggest challenge and most significant damage is a small bridge that washed away.

"The bridge moved about 100 feet onto a fairway," said Brown.

Columbus city engineers visited the area Friday morning. They were assessing bridge damage and determining what can be done.

For the unexpected disaster, an estimation to fix the bridge could not be immediately determined.

"First it has to be some money in the city budget to get that done, right now it's not," said Brown.

Brown says it could be weeks to get the full course fully operational. He says bridge repair is an even longer process, and could possibly take up to a year.

"We've dealt with floods before, just have to take one day at a time," said Brown.

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